Judge denies Hernandez's request for dismissal
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A judge has rejected a motion by lawyers for Aaron Hernandez to dismiss charges stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near the former New England Patriot player's home.
Hernandez's lawyers argued that prosecutors hadn't shown probable cause to sustain the murder charge against Hernandez in the death of Odin Lloyd and hadn't presented any evidence or motive for the slaying.
The Bristol Superior Court judge said in her ruling Thursday that probable cause, and a defendant's guilt, can be established by circumstantial evidence, and prosecutors don't need to prove a motive to secure a murder conviction.
Hernandez is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to killing Lloyd, who was dating Hernandez's fiancee's sister. His trial is scheduled to start Jan. 9.
Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain
WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) - A family feud at a New England grocery store chain has sparked a workers' revolt.
For the past week, about 300 warehouse workers at Market Basket stores have refused to make deliveries, leaving fruit, vegetable, meat and seafood shelves bare at many of the company's 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
The protesting workers aren't asking for higher pay or better benefits. Instead, they are asking for the reinstatement of their old boss, who workers say kept prices low, treated them well and guided the company's success. Former chief executive Arthur T. Demoulas (duh-MOO'-lahs) was fired last month by the company's board, controlled by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. Both men are grandsons of the company's founder.
Another protest by employees is planned on Friday.
Superintendent docked over plagiarism allegation
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) - The superintendent of Newton's public schools has been docked a week's pay for failing to credit Governor Deval Patrick in graduation speeches at the city's two public high schools.
The questionable passages became public Wednesday, when the Newton South High School student newspaper called attention to passages from David Fleishman's June 9 remarks at the school's commencement ceremony similar to the governor's speech to Boston University graduates in May.
Fleishman delivered a similar speech to Newton North High graduates June 10.
Fleishman tells The Boston Globe he heard excerpts of Patrick's graduation speech on the radio, but did not review a written transcript when he wrote his speech, but admitted making a "mistake."
His punishment came a week after Mansfield's superintendent resigned over commencement speech plagiarism allegations.
Officer wants lifeguard time counted for pension
(Information in the following story is from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com)
BOXFORD, Mass. (AP) - A veteran Boxford police officer wants his time working as a lifeguard for a state agency decades ago counted toward his pension.
In a letter to a state appeals board, John Iannazzo said working as a lifeguard for the state in the 1970s and '80s qualifies as a "temporary" job that should be credited toward his retirement.
Adding Iannazzo's lifeguard service, which totals nearly two years, would increase his retirement benefit by 4.6 percent, according to the Essex Regional Retirement System.
The state and regional retirement systems have turned down Iannazzo's request, but he has appealed to the state's Contributory Retirement Appeal Board.
A state lawmaker supporting Iannazzo tells The Salem News there is precedent for the request.
Greenfield plant plans $5M upgrade
GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A high-tech metalworking tool manufacturer in Greenfield has announced a nearly $5 million upgrade that is expected to bring 70 new jobs to the region.
Kennametal Inc. plans to invest $3.4 million immediately on upgrades to the plant, equipment and machinery, as well as another $1.25 million over the next four years.
Greenfield Mayor William Martin tells The Recorder the 70 jobs the company plans to add will provide an average income of $75,000 per year.
The Town Council approved a property tax break for the company in May in hopes of enticing it to choose Greenfield for its upgrade plans.
Latrobe, Pennsylvania-based Kennametal bought the Greenfield Tap and Die plant in 1997. Greenfield Tap and Die was founded in 1912.
Pittsfield man convicted of biting roomie's thumb
(Information in the following story is from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com )
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Pittsfield man has been convicted of nearly completely biting off his roommate's thumb during a fight over bathroom use.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that 57-year-old Michael Mensah was convicted Thursday of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. He faces sentencing Friday. He was acquitted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Police say when they responded to their apartment on Feb. 11, Stephen Quam came to the door with the top of his thumb hanging by a tendon.
The 61-year-old Quam testified that it could not be re-attached and doctors removed it. He showed his disfigured thumb to the jury.
The fight started when both men wanted to use the bathroom at the same time.
Mensah's attorney said Quam was the aggressor and his client acted in self-defense.
KENNEL CLUB THEFT
Ex-Cape Cod dog club official jailed for stealing
(Information in the following story is from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com )
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - The former treasurer of the Cape Cod Kennel Club has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing more than $62,000 from the organization.
Cynthia Savoia pleaded guilty Thursday in Barnstable Superior Court to falsifying entries into books and larceny of more than $250.
She was sentenced to serve six months of a two-year sentence, with the balance suspended during 10 years of probation for the larceny charge, with a concurrent six-month sentence on the falsifying books charge. She was also ordered to pay full restitution.
The Cape Cod Times reports that Savoia's attorney said his 43-year-old client experienced financial difficulties after her mother died and was "embarrassed and ashamed."
The club, which holds dog shows and provides training, is primarily supported through donations.
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